• 20 FREE Valentine Date Ideas

    With Valentines Day just a couple weeks away my husband and I started brainstorming some free date night ideas.  Valentines Day does not always have to be celebrated with an expensive dinner and fancy date.  There is no price tag on quality time spent with the one you love very most. If you are still looking for a budget friendly gift idea for your significant other check out my list of 10 gifts all under $10 for HIM here and my list of 10 gifts under $10 for HER here. And now our list of 20 FREE Valentine Date Ideas. Candlelight Picnic:  Set up a candlelight picnic dinner at home. …

  • Our Favorite Play dough Recipe

    Making a batch of play dough with my kids is one of my favorite things.  It is a quick, and easy activity and the kids love getting to help make it.  Sometimes we will make this more “traditional” play dough recipe, and other times we make Peanut Butter Play Dough (another fun fave!). I have tried a lot of play dough recipes over the years, and I mean A LOT!  My friend shared a recipe with me a few years ago and it instantly became my favorite.  I haven’t looked back since.  This recipe is so easy!  You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand and will be…

  • 10 Valentine Gifts for Her under $10

    “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. ” After brainstorming gift ideas for the man in your life, (you can find that post here) I decided to take a look at some awesome yet budget friendly gift ideas for the woman in your life.  Or, if you’re like me you can try to find a sneaky way to drop these ideas as hints for what you WANT the man in your life to buy you.  🙂 10 Valentine Gifts…

  • Small changes in your lunch habits can make big changes in your wallet

    Finding ways to save money in your budget doesn’t always have to be extreme.  Sometimes all it takes is small consistent new habits to make a big results. We decided that instead of having my husband go out to eat lunch with his coworkers every day we would instead pack him a lunch to take.  He usually has leftovers from dinner and some fruit or a salad, sometimes he will make himself a sandwich. I added up how much this saved us over a year.  I estimated we  spend about $3 a day on the lunch he takes to work.  He works approximately 250 days out of the year making…

  • 10 Valentines gifts for him under $10!

    “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Do you have Valentines Day plans?  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make the day feel special.  Check out my post about 20 FREE Valentine Date Ideas for some inspiration on planning a fun and romantic valentines date while on a budget. I LOVE Valentines Day.  It is so fun to spend a day showing the people I love most how much I care for them. …

  • My favorite easy Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe

    One of my families favorite traditions is Friday Night Pizza and Family Movie Night.  I try to make our own pizza most nights.  This change has been SO good!  It saves us a lot of money and tastes SO much better. I wanted to share with you my favorite pizza crust recipe (because I have just about tried then ALL!!).  I hope your family will love it as much as mine does. Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe 2 ¼ tsp yeast 1 cup warm water (baby bath temp) 2 TBSP olive oil 1 tsp salt 2 ¼  cups flour Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In mixer lightly mix water and yeast…

  • Quick and Easy Overnight Oatmeal

    Getting my three kids ready for school in the morning is no easy task.  The mornings are always hectic and I am always on the search for ways to make it smoother and easier. I was so excited a few years ago when I learned how to make overnight oats.  Not only is it EASY (check), and QUICK (check), it is also HEALTHY and BUDGET FRIENDLY (check and check!). I make a dozen or so of these every Monday and keep them in the fridge handy for quick breakfasts throughout the week.  The best part of overnight oats is that they are so easy to customize anyway your kiddos (or…